Twelve million Californians live in multi-unit housing (housing with two or more units) and it is estimated that 5.25 million of those Californians are exposed to secondhand smoke against their wishes.
Secondhand smoke is more than a nuisance, it’s a killer. The Surgeon General has determined that there is no risk-free level of contact with secondhand smoke. The California Air Resources Board has classified secondhand smoke as a “Toxic Air Contaminant.”
Tobacco smoke can move through air ducts, wall and floor cracks, elevator shafts, and along crawl spaces to contaminate apartments on other floors – even those that are far from the smoke. Secondhand smoke cannot be controlled with ventilation, air cleaning, or by separating smokers from non-smokers.
Think about it: we spend more time at home than anywhere else. If AB 746 passes, it will help ensure that in every community, kids with asthma and people suffering from and living with chronic lung conditions will be able to breathe a little easier.
“Californians should be able to breathe clean air in their own homes, in apartments or condominiums, whenever a neighbor lights up, everyone in the building smokes with them. This is especially troublesome for children who have no choice but to breathe the secondhand smoke of their neighbors.”
— Marc Levine, Assembly Member (D – 10)
“It is imperative that California enact a multi-unit housing smoking ban to protect all California families from deadly secondhand smoke in the places they should feel safest – their own homes. This groundbreaking legislation will improve the health of all Californians by reducing exposure to smoke that drifts into housing units from balconies, patios, and other units.”
— Marsha Ramos, Chair, American Lung Association in California Board of Directors
“The current lack of regulation on smoking in multi-unit housing has adversely affected my health, my quality of life, my relationships, and my options for my life.”
— Mimi Dixon, Elk Grove, CA